Mar 29, 2011

Bink and Gollie

Bink and Gollie (Junior Library Guild Selection (Candlewick Press)) (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Illustrated by Tony Fucile

     I've been a DiCamillo fan for a long time (Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux are two of my favorite young adult books), so I was excited to come across a picture book of sorts written by her and McGhee.  I say "of sorts" because it has three chapters, so it doesn't really look like your classic picture book, although it reads like one... albeit a long one.   Anyways, Bink and Gollie  is a wonderfully sweet and funny story about two friends who love each other, though they might not always agree on everything.
     Gollie seems to be a bit older than Bink and more mature. Bink is more of a free spirit, while Gollie is more practical.  The dialogue is spot on and their adventures are very endearing.  The illustrations have a Sunday funnies feeling about them that make the two friends seem familiar.  At the end...I didn't want it to end.  I love those two girls. They are, as Bink would say, "marvelous companions".

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